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  Williamsville and Orchard Park parents were in court Friday seeking a ruling that declares the hybrid/remote learning model used by those school districts to be illegal. Judge Colaiacovo, who is hearing the case, has ordered a temporary full reopening for both districts.

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The crematory contained within the Amigone Funeral Home on Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda, which in the past had gotten in trouble for clean air law violations, may soon be on the move.


Family of Saniyya Dennis

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn provided an update Thursday in the disappearance of SUNY Buffalo State student Saniyya Dennis.

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Hamburg-based Braymiller Market is anticipating an early-summer opening of its new store in downtown Buffalo. The market is part of larger development at 201 Ellicott Street which will include an adjacent affordable housing complex.

At a press conference Thursday to give the public an update on the market's progress, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said the idea of a downtown dates back to 2006.

Visit Buffalo Niagara

A new tourism campaign is being launched that celebrates many of the culinary classics of Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Binghamton, and encourages travelers to visit some of the famed destinations serving them.


Combining interests in podcasts and transit systems, Buffalo State student Bennett Cook used his phone to create "Subway Symphony." The effort produced an entry worthy of being named a finalist in NPR's Student Podcast Challenge.

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Local refugee agencies are preparing for more families to come to Western New York, as Washington, DC quadruples the immigration quota for the rest of the federal fiscal year through Sept. 30.

Erie County

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz will hold his regular COVID-19 briefing Tuesday at 2 p.m. Watch it live here.

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

One of the key figures in education and knowledge in Erie County is retiring. Now the hunt is on for her successor.

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Congressman Brian Higgins has stated that the restaurant and bar industry has been among the hardest hit by the pandemic. 

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has announced that three vaccine clinics will be open today for teenagers, and all of the clinics will be prom themed.

On Friday, the Buffalo Common Council voted to accept Mayor Byron Brown’s proposed budget and pass it along to committee.

The mayor spoke about his budget just before the vote, which is proposed at $534.5 million, an increase of 2.9 percent from last year’s budget.

The budget’s increase, Brown says, are due to higher personnel costs, due to the rise in the living wage and higher pension costs, as well as the restoration of cost of living increases that had been put on pause during the pandemic.

Family of Saniyya Dennis

The family of a Buffalo State College student missing since last weekend has put up a $10,000 reward for information that leads to her safe return. In the meantime, the family of Saniyya Dennis has traveled to Buffalo from New York City, and expressed their frustration Friday over the investigation so far.

Erie County’s long planned broadband internet program is starting to make some important headway. 

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The City of Buffalo has demolished thousands of buildings, fearing they would stay vacant and deteriorated and contribute to blight. A local preservation exponent told a panel discussion Thursday that it hasn’t worked.

University Police at Buffalo State College

The University Police Department at Buffalo State College is asking the public to help them locate a student who has been missing since late Saturday night. Her mother spoke with WBFO Thursday morning on the matter.

Thomas O'Neil-White

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Mayoral candidate India Walton on Wednesday responded to Monday’s letter to the Mayor from New York Attorney General Letitia James calling on the city to develop an independent civilian oversight committee to investigate charges of police misconduct.

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Buffalo's Riverline is starting to take shape, with landscape designs from architects.

Scajaquada Corridor Coalition

The American Jobs Plan, President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion infrastructure proposal includes reconnecting neighborhoods cut off by expressways. In Buffalo, advocates hope that means it’s finally time to remove the Scajaquada Expressway.


Buffalo-based mental health advocate Karl Shallowhorn has launched a new podcast dedicated to discussing the relationship music has with mental health. He spoke with his first guest, his daughter Sarah Shallowhorn, to kick off season one of ‘Mental Health Verses’.


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The Seneca Nation of Indians announced Friday they have filed a motion in federal court seeking a stay of their Casino Compact payments to New York State, while urging the federal government to make a final decision on the legality of the deal first implemented in 2002.

Niagara Falls State Park will be getting an upgrade to one of its centerpiece facilities.

Mental health among Black men has been a topic of discussion for decades, with a variety of studies pointing out how hard it is for any male – let alone one of color - to seek help. Add in an extra layer of psychological stress, economic challenges, and racial discrimination and experts say the need becomes critical.

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A  historic building in Buffalo’s African American Heritage Corridor,  is getting a new life.

The structure at 509 Michigan Ave., next to the Michigan Avenue Baptist Church,  will be renovated and then doubled to become the home of Vision Multi Media Group, owner of WUFO and Power 95,

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Buffalo’s North Park Theatre opens April 22 for the first time since November. Even if restrictions continue to be lifted, North Park Program Director Ray Barker says they will take their time returning to the maximum allowed capacity.


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This weekend, April 24 and 25, volunteer fire companies throughout New York State will host events with the hope they'll attract new recruits. It's not been easy finding and keeping volunteer firefighters. While COVID has changed the way they've conducted operations and training, the pandemic isn't the only reason why recruiting has been challenging.

Screen capture/Mayor Byron Brown Zoom chat

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown brought in a prominent special guest - though remotely - to read passages to local students in what took on an unofficial Black Lives Matter theme. One of the excerpts came from a work penned following the death of George Floyd.

Recently, you may have noticed a new voice on the airwaves at 88.7 FM. What you might not know about this new reporter though, is that she has a personal connection to her beat.

Erie County

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz will hold his regular COVID-19 briefing at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Watch it here.


The Local Initiatives Support Corporation held its annual community development awards via Zoom. The honors seek to recognize organizations and individuals in their efforts to better the area through action.